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OC Air Show

Heading down to Ocean City? What a great way to start the summer...with Ocean City's air show over the beach. This air show is becoming a signature event for our beach resort town. It will absolutely thrill anyone who comes to town on the right weekend in June.

The OC Air Show opens the beach summer season in style since it moved to the weekend. Visit www.OCAirShow.com for more details.

US Air Force Thunderbirds Headlined the 2009 OC Air Show
We hope that they will perform again at another OC Air Show.

It's "Up, Up and Away" for Ocean City, MD as the airshow returns to Ocean City. Military aircraft demonstrations, low altitude flyovers and civilian aerobatic performances will take place over the Ocean City beachfront (usually) from noon to 4 p.m. each day. The air show will be visible along the majority of the Boardwalk creating an inspiring experience for visitors while they enjoy the hospitality of Ocean City's beach and attractions. Interactive displays and exhibits, including (sometimes) NASA's Exploration Experience, will be open to the public on the streets surrounding Show Center at 16th Street on the Boardwalk. Show Center Beach, extending from 15th to 17th streets will offer premium viewing opportunities and the VIP flight line clubhouse for public attendees. Elevated sky boxes in the Quality Inn Boardwalk, headquarters hotel for the show and waterfront hospitality chalets on the beach will be available to businesses and groups. For more information on sponsorship, exhibit and hospitality opportunities, please call 717-583-0800.

Click the pictures for a larger view...
Crowd on the Boardwalk for the Air Show
A Crowd of thousands packed the Boardwalk for the Ocean City Air Show
The Army Golden Knights Open the Air Show in Ocean City
The Army Golden Knights Open the Air Show in Ocean City with Parachute Jumps
Geico Sky Typers in a formatino of A-6 Texans
Geico Sky Typers in a formation of AT-6 Texans, World War II fighter trainer aircraft
Another View of the Texans in Fromation Flying Over the Beach
Another View of the "Texans" in Formation Flying Over the Beach in OCMD
United States Coast Guard Demonstrates an Air-Sea Rescue Operation
United States Coast Guard Demonstrates an Air-Sea Rescue Operation just off the Ocean City Beach
Ols-Style BiPlane Performs Aerobatic Maneuvers Just Off Shore
An Old-Style Biplane Performs Aerobatic Maneuvers Just Off Shore over our Atlantic Ocean
OC Air Show -F-18 Hornet with Vapor Cone
F-18 Hornet with developing Vapor Cone as shown in this "stylized" image with color removed.
A little bit of photo-manipulation is used here to illustrate a few effects of aerodynamics. The photo to the left, in black and white, appears that the jet is about to break the sound barrier - almost, but not quite - the vapor cone is formed as air is compressed around the fuselage and wings.

The photo on the right has "lowered" the diamond formation to just above the surface, but even at a higher level, the spectators watch the flyby.

OC Air Show
A Photoshopped image shows people on the beach watching the Thunderbirds perform a traditional diamond formation flyby.
OC Air Show
Flying at a couple hundred miles per hour, these two Thunderbirds are only a few feet apart - and one is inverted (upside down).
OC Air Show
The distinctive "Thundirbird" painted on the bottom of this aircraft is easily seen in this solo flyby.
OC Air Show
A picture of the top of this Thundirbird jet shows the patriotic paint design during this "photo" pass along the beach.
OC Air Show
All in a row but not even close to a bird strike. Three seagulls just "appear" to be in the way of the Thundirbirds.
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are a crowd pleaser wherever they perform. Their flight routine over the beach at Ocean City, Maryland was no exception. The 6-plane formation breaks into the "traditional" 4-plane diamond for precise aerial manwuvers with the remaining two jets doing individual and paired flyby "surprises" for the thousands of people on the beach and boardwalk. OC Air Show
The traditional diamond formation of the Air Force Thunderbirds is one of the most recognized air show scenes

"The inaugural OC Air Show was a fantastic and highly successful event for our community," said Mayor Rick Meehan (back in 2009). "The move to a weekend and the prospect of a step up in performers offered great potential for the show's return in 2009." Next year's show will be even better (ed. comment).

"The entire Thunderbird team is looking forward to coming to Ocean City," said Captain Jason McCree, Thunderbird #12, the team's public affairs officer. "We are humbled at the opportunity to represent service men and women across the globe who defend our freedoms." The GEICO Skytypers and the U.S. Air Force Reserve Bi-Plane piloted by Ed Hamill have announced that they will join the 2009 air show line up.

Military aircraft demonstrations, low altitude fly-overs and civilian aerobatic performances will take place over the Ocean City beach front from noon to 3 p.m. each day. The air show will be visible along the majority of the Boardwalk creating an inspiring experience for visitors while they enjoy the hospitality of Ocean City's beach and attractions.

On the day before the Air Show, the Ocean City Municipal Airport may be hosting an open house (June 12th). This is where some of the performing aircraft, along with other airplanes, can be seen "up close and personal."

Visit www.OCAirShow.com for more details.


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